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The Apollo: The Apollo: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Apollo: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Apollo

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  • Release Date 20 December 2019
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THE APOLLO: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of New York City’s landmark Apollo Theater. Produced by the film’s music supervisors, Grammy®-nominated Dondi Bastone and TunesMap founder G. Marq Roswell, and mastered by Ian Sefchick at Capitol Studios, THE APOLLO’s 32-track soundtrack spotlights standout performances spanning the theatre’s storied history. The soundtrack also debuts a new song by Robert Glasper with vocals by Ledisi, plus selections from Glasper’s original score for the film. THE APOLLO documentary film weaves together archival clips of music, comedy and dance performances from an astonishing list of legendary talents that includes Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Richard Pryor and Lauryn Hill; behind-the-scenes verité footage of the team that makes the theater run; and interviews with such artists as Jamie Foxx, Angela Bassett, Pharrell Williams, Common, Patti LaBelle and Smokey Robinson. Williams also examines the current state of race in America, following the 2018 multimedia adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ bestselling book Between the World and Me as it comes together on the theater’s grand stage. In the film, Williams explores not only the struggle of black lives in America, but the role that art plays in that struggle, and the essential part the Apollo continues to play in the cultural conversation. THE APOLLO is produced by Lisa Cortes, Jeanne Elfant Festa and Cassidy Hartmann. Executive produced by Nigel Sinclair, Dan Cogan, Nicholas Ferrall and Julie Goldman. Cynthia Sexton and David Blackman executive produced for Polygram Entertainment. THE APOLLO: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack brings together inimitable performances by many greats who have taken the stage at the Apollo with stories and memories from those who were there. The soundtrack provides an intimate audio experience, interspersing new and classic recordings – Charles Mingus’ “Take the ‘A’ Train,” Ella Fitzgerald’s “How High The Moon,” Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” and James Brown’s “Say It Loud-I’m Black and I’m Proud” and “Lost Someone” (from his first Live at the Apollo album), to name a few – with interview excerpts from the film from those who made it happen show-after-show, as well as authors, artists, and community leaders who share their insights. Excerpt segments from the film include brief comments from President Barack Obama, Angela Bassett, and Pharrell Williams, among others. THE APOLLO’s music composer is Emmy and five-time Grammy-winning Blue Note recording artist Robert Glasper. On the soundtrack, Glasper takes listeners through several interviews with new score elements, as does composer Todd Griffin, who also contributed music to the film. THE APOLLO: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack also includes “Don’t Turn Back Now,” a brand-new song by Glasper with vocals by Ledisi. The soundtrack album also spotlights the stage adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me with an excerpt accompanied by music scored by Griffin.
1 Kenneth J. Thompson, Apollo Greeter  
3 Charles Mingus - Take the 'A' Train  
4 Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra - Memphis Blues  
5 Marion J. Caffey - Interview Excerpt / Amateur Night Producer, The Apollo  
6 Ella Fitzgerald - How High the Moon  
7 Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra - Old Man Blues  
8 Pearl Bailey - She's Something Spanish  
9 Count Basie & His Orchestra - Jive at Five  
10 Ted Fox - Interview Excerpt / Author, Showtime at The Apollo  
11 Billie Holliday - Strange Fruit  
12 Mikki Shepard - Interview Excerpt / Former Executive Producer, The Apollo  
13 Marvin Gaye - What's Going On  
14 Kamilah Forbes - Interview Excerpt / Executive Producer, The Apollo  
15 James Brown - Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud  
16 Ta-Nehisi Coates - Interview Excerpt / Author, Between the World and Me  
17 Robert Glasper - Apollo As Home  
18 Featuring interview excerpt from Ted Fox, Author, Showtime at The Apollo  
19 Gladys Knight & The Pips - Home Is Where the Heart Is  
20 Robert Glasper - Mission Statement - Featuring interview excerpts from Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, New York Amsterdam News; Kamilah Forbes, Executive Producer, The Apollo  
21 Johnny Hodges - Come Sunday  
22 James Brown - Lost Someone (Live at The Apollo)  
23 Robert Glasper - Schiffman Cards - Featuring interview excerpt from Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, New York Amsterdam News  
24 Jimmy Smith - T'aint No Use  
25 Robert Glasper - Obama Returns to The Apollo - Featuring interview excerpts from Lana Turner, Harlem Resident; Angela Bassett, Actress and Activist  
26 Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady  
27 Kenny Burrell & Grover Washington Jr - Asphalt Canyon Blues  
28 Etta James - Something's Got a Hold on Me  
29 Robert Glasper - Harlem Riots  
30 Dizzy Gillespie Octet - Duke's Last Soliloquy  
31 Ta-Nehisi Coates and T. Griffin - From the staged reading of his book Between the World and Me, Apollo Theater, April 2018. Featuring Score by T. Griffin - Opening, The Apollo Theater  
32 Robert Glasper w/Ledisi - Don't Turn Back Now  
33 President Barack Obama at The Apollo Theater, January 19, 2012  

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